Cheryl Sim on Painting for the Wind and Painting to Let the Evening Light Go Through
Yoko Ono is a visionary, pioneering artist with a career that now spans over fifty years. During the 1950s in Tokyo, she introduced original questions concerning the concept of art and the art object, always working to break down rigid barriers between artistic disciplines in order to build bridges towards freedom of expression. Painting for the Wind and Painting to Let the Evening Light Go Through are prime examples of her instruction works, that are a key contribution to art history. These paintings are just that: written instructions offered to us the viewers, in order to complete an image in our minds. In this way, Ono dematerializes the art object, democratizing its access through an invitation to complete the work of art through our own participation and imagination.
About Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono (b. 1933) is a visionary, pioneering artist with a career that now spans over fifty years. During the 1950s in Tokyo, she introduced original questions concerning the concept of art and the art object, breaking down the traditional boundaries between branches of art. She has been associated with Conceptual art, performance, Fluxus, and happenings of the 1960s, and is one of very few women to have participated in these movements. Through her works of instructions and performances, as well as her activism, she has created a new kind of relationship with spectators in general and fellow artists, including her late husband John Lennon, inviting them to play an active part in the creative process.